Motor vehicle injuries are the leading cause of death among children in the United States. In 2009, approximately 1,314 children ages 14 years and younger died as occupants in motor vehicle crashes, and approximately 179,000 were injured. Many of these deaths can be prevented by correctly using the appropriate car seats and booster seats for children, based on their age and size. It is estimated that child safety seats reduce the risk of death in passenger cars by 71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for toddlers ages 1 to 4 years. Several UMTRI researchers are leading experts on child passenger protection and best-practice issues. This expertise comes from years of experience in testing and evaluating child restraint systems and from research programs involving development of test procedures, evaluation of best practice recommendations, and development of child crash dummies and associated injury criteria.
Kid car seats are notoriously tricky. They’re a pain to put in, and often don’t seem to fit quite right. The problem isn’t the parent, it’s the lack of coherence between the design of the car and safety seat. UMTRI researchers have tackled this problem to help our littlest passengers stay safe.
UMTRI Child Safety Resources